Pondexter, Carson rally Liberty past Sky
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)
Pondexter hit a 3-pointer to tie score at 73 with 1:15 to go and Carson hit one of her own with 31.7 seconds remaining to put New York ahead for good. Pondexter then hit four free throws to seal New York's third straight win and fifth in six games.
The Liberty came all the way back from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter and scored the first six points of the fourth to tie the game at 60. Carson had a jumper in the opening minute of the quarter, Hollingsworth had a layup and Carson hit another jumper with 7:42 left to play.
However, Snow made a layup and a three-point play to give the Sky a five-point lead 40 seconds later.
Pondexter scored on a fastbreak and then hit a jumper with 3:51 remaining to pull New York to 67-66. Pondexter followed with two free throws 29 seconds later to give the Liberty their first lead.
Thorn had a jumper with 2:22 to go and Fowles made a layup 45 seconds later to give the Sky a 73-70 lead. Chicago didn't score again.
New York scored the first eight points of the third quarter. Powell had a jumper and hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute, and Pierson had a three-point play with 7:20 left to get the Liberty to 49-46.
Fowles made two from the line and Prince hit a jumper to push the Sky's lead back up to seven with 6:42 to go in the third.
New York got within three again as Carson made a jumper and then hit 1 of 2 from the line with 51 seconds left in the quarter. However Vandersloot hit her third 3 of the game to double Chicago's lead to 60-54 heading to the fourth.
Thorn made a jumper and two free throws to push the Sky's lead to 35-18, their biggest advantage of the game, with 6:50 left in the first half.
Carson's jumper with .4 seconds remaining pulled New York to 49-38 at the break.
Vandersloot had 11 points, including two 3s, in the first 20 minutes. Pierson led the Liberty with 10 points.
Pierson and Vaughn had four points each during a 10-3 run that pulled the Liberty to 17-14 with 3:17 left in the first quarter.
They Sky scored the final 10 points of the quarter, including 3-pointers by former Liberty players Thorn and Cathrine Kraayeveld. New York missed four shots and had three turnovers over the final 2:45 of the first.
Snow's layup in the opening minute of the second quarter capped the 12-0 run and stretched Chicago's lead to 29-14.
Pierson's layup 22 seconds later ended the Liberty's scoring drought.